Carry Me Up The Hill

Elevador da Glória, Lisbon

I’ve just returned home from a fantastic weekend in Lisbon, my first time in the capital of Portugal. Dotted around the city are a few of these old funiculars that carry people up and down its steep hills. Although it’s a great place to explore on foot, sometimes you need a little light relief from the constant up and down of the place!

I came across this scene on our way back from dinner in the Bairro Alto district. I didn’t have a tripod with me on this trip, so it was taken handheld as I steadied myself crouching on the hill. Alongside the similarly styled trams that ferry tourists around the streets, these funiculars help to maintain an old world charm that’s difficult to resist.


17 thoughts on “Carry Me Up The Hill

  1. Heyjude

    Good image! Lisbon with all those lovely, slippery cobblestones can leave one a little footsore, but it is a city you can explore on foot. Loved the city and old architecture, but loathed all the vandalism from the graffiti. Hope you had a great time!
    Jude xx

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Jude! We were certainly foot sore after a couple of days, just about recovered now I think. It’s a shame about the graffiti, but I’m undecided whether or not it can add to the atmosphere of a place. It definitely helps to create that gritty, lived in feel which I did like about the city. Having said that, I expect the feeling might be the same without the graffiti anyway. It’s hard to say!

    1. Ben Post author

      Glad I could bring back some memories for you Mick. I hope to return some time, actually there are a bunch of day trips from Lisbon that sound fantastic as well. I had no idea the area was so full of places to see!

  2. Laura

    I visited Lisbon in February and thought it was wonderful – “old world charm” is the perfect way to describe it! Looking forward to see more of your photos!

    1. Ben Post author

      Isn’t it great?! I think you have to get away from some of the bigger tourist attractions to see that “old world charm”, but it’s certainly worth finding.

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Jess, the street lighting was great in this scene. I should really try to take more shots at night! Hope you make it there some day.


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